We have less than 2 weeks until our daughter’s wedding. 2 weeks, Y’all! It’s getting all sorts of crazy in a variety of ways. From getting the little details put together to finalizing all the vendors. Dress and tux fittings to last minute caterer menus. So much to do in these final few weeks. One thing we have checked off our list is the Couple’s Shower. Whew. One more thing down.
“Something” Wedding Gift Collection
Now, as the procrastinator I am, I totally had to come up with a wedding gift at the last minute. Yes, my original plan was to simply head to the store and grab something off their registry list. That was simple enough… and really all they wanted. But, of course, in true “Staci-fashion“, I had to do something else. So, I stayed up far too late the night before, jumped on Photoshop, and began brainstorming. The “Something” wedding gift collection prevailed over my other ideas.
“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”
When I was done I was actually quite pleased! I designed a few tags that night and then went straight to the store the next morning. Standing in the middle of Michaels with a variety of empty boxes, the girls and I did more brainstorming. People in the store probably thought we were crazy with all these boxes laid across the aisles… taking them in and out and in and out. My brain was on overtime trying to figure this out.
We found three boxes we really liked and went to the next store on our list. Looking over their registry items, we found something blue… and, well, the “new” was easy. Everything on the list fit that description. Take a look at how it came together.
represents continuity; connects bride to her family and past
This September, Colby and I will celebrate our 21st year of marriage. For our wedding, a cousin of mine gave us a Couple’s Devotional Bible. It is filled with devotions on many of the trials newlyweds face and was a great beginning place for us. Therefore, I decided it would be the perfect “old” piece to pass along to Chey and Nic.
offers optimism for the future
During the ceremony itself, this obviously takes on a different meaning, but for the purpose of gifting, I went with the literal meaning. As I mentioned, this was the easiest to find because no matter what we decided on, it was new to the bride and her groom.
symbolizes borrowed happiness
Perhaps the most sentimental for me personally, this represented something so very important. While researching its meaning, I found that it symbolizes “borrowed happiness” from another bride. A happily married couple the bride knows. Not that Colby and I have had the smoothest marriage, but I would love for Chey and Nic to have what we do now. And a borrowed wedding veil is considered especially good luck, so Chey will be wearing my veil on her wedding day. I represented that with a headband resting upon a few yards of tulle, with a picture of me and my mom fixing my veil on my wedding day. This one meant a lot to us all.
stands for purity, love, and fidelity
Traditionally, the blue color represented purity after the Virgin Mary because it is the color she wore. For our gift, we simply went down their registry list and found something blue on it. We discovered that the quilt and pillow shams they registered for were a perfect shade of light blue. Therefore, they worked great! Plus, the shams fit perfectly into the box we already purchased!
Once home, we printed the tags on a piece of kraft cardstock, cut them out and tied them onto the gifts with burlap ribbon. When they opened the original outside box, it was exciting to see their faces as they realized what was inside. It was truly a winning idea when it was all said and done… and completely worth the effort.
A little extra planning before you head to the store and the process should be painless. Ha!